…That a Pluviophile is a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days?
Me neither. It’s been a dry winter so far over here and I honestly miss a having a rainy day, one of those where it simply doesn’t stop raining and is grey and dark-ish all day long. When you sit inside and hear the rain drops fall on the roof, see the splash in the little puddles outside. It’s calming. It makes you relax and do things differently.
But there are some more facts about rain, so bare with me…
The least rainy place on Earth is not a desert, it’s actually Antarctica. It may be covered with ice, but Antarctica gets only 16.5cm (6.5 inches) of rain or snow per year, making it the continent with the lowest annual rainfall by far. On the other end of the spectrum, Lloro, Colombia, absorbs 1356 cm (534 inches) of rainfall per year. North America is relatively dry by comparison, collecting 650cm (256 inches) of rain annually.
Rain doesn’t always make the ground wet. In dry, hot places, rain sometimes evaporates before it hits the ground. Environmentalist Edward Abbey describes it beautifully “phantom rain” this way: “You see curtains of rain dangling in the sky while the living things wither below for want of water. Torture by tantalizing, hope without fulfillment. Then the clouds dissipate into nothingness.”
Not all raindrops are made of water. Although we are not really talking about Earth here, I still find it interesting: On Venus, and other moons and planets, rain is made of sulfuric acid or methane. Even stranger: on a planet 5,000 light years away, scientists found raindrops made of iron rather than water.
Now that’s an interesting and maybe even useful one: There is actually a scientifically proven way to get less wet in the rain! Run, Forrest, run! As Henry Reich, the brains behind the YouTube Channel MinutePhysics explains, the faster you get out of the rain, the drier you’ll be, regardless of the additional raindrops you run into.
The shape and color of clouds can help you predict rain. Generally speaking, if you see a cumulonimbus cloud—a tall, puffy cloud that looks flat at the top— or a nimbostratus cloud, a flat low-level gray cloud—you can be fairly certain that rain is in the 24-hour forecast.